If winter’s late backlash has left you feeling the need to get out and about in the countryside, the Trust has some wonderful woodlands, which you can visit and enjoy.
The experience of being amongst them is something very special – the scent of the flowers, the feel of the air on the face, the soft ground beneath the feet or the song of the birds all around.
Our woodlands should now be bursting into life after the long winter when they have been ‘quiet’. Much depends upon the weather but, all being well, the sun will shine and the birds will sing, the resident numbers swelled by the arrival of summer migrants.
Places to enjoy nature in the spring include: Burrow Wood (part of Charley Woods), Cloud Wood*, Great Merrible Wood, Launde Big Wood, Launde Park Wood, Poultney Wood (part of Ulverscroft), and Prior’s Coppice.
Late April is normally the best time to see carpets of spring flowers such as bluebell, red campion, early purple-orchid, greater stitchwort and wood forget-me-not.
Please check your Nature Reserves Guide or the nature reserves section of this website for further details.
Ospreys have returned to Rutland and the nest at Manton Bay, in the Lyndon area of Rutland Water Nature Reserve. If you can’t get along you can keep up to date, and follow them on the webcam, at www.ospreys.org.uk
*Permits for non-members can be obtained by contacting the Trust office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0116 262 9968) and permits for Rutland Water Nature Reserve are available from the Visitor Centres at Egleton and Lyndon.
Photograph: A walk among the bluebells at Great Merrible Wood Nature Reserve (Simon Bentley/LRWT)
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